Timber is an essential material with a long tradition of use in many UK industries. As the UK has a smaller commercial forestry industry relative to many other countries, we are a net importer of timber.
While there is an ongoing effort to reforest and grow our own source of sustainable timber, as an island closely connected to Europe, our largest trading partners, the UK has access to a growing supply of timber.
EU forest and other wooded land covers 182 million ha, 43% of land area. The vast majority of these forests are sustainably managed which means for every tree harvested several more are planted.
The Timber Trade Federation collaborates with our partners in the EU and around the world to promote sustainable forestry, and our members are leaders in sustainable sourcing.
We use third party auditing to ensure our members are meeting their obligations under the European Timber Regulations (EUTR), which is focused on ensuring that any timber which enters the EU comes from sustainable sources.